Kim Jong, Ill

Sorry, had to get that pun off my chest. But seriously, according to reports, Kim Jong-Il was diagnosed with a fatal form of pancreatic cancer following a stroke he had in August of 2008.

SEOUL, South Korea — The North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, who suffered a stroke last August, was also found to have “life-threatening” pancreatic cancer around the same time, a South Korean cable television network reported on Monday.

The network, YTN, a cable news channel, quoted unidentified Chinese and South Korean intelligence sources for the report, which was made by YTN’s Beijing-based correspondent.
If this is true, it certainly helps explain some of North Korea’s more erratic behavior of late as various factions, most notably the military, will have been jockeying for the reigns of succession.
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